Program Overview

2020 AIHA Education Webinars
  • ​2 connections for live participation*
  • Access to select webinar recordings in the online classroom for those on your roster
  • Earn 10 Contact Hours
Selected AIHce OnDemand Recordings
  • Access to the best of AIHce EXP across a range of topics and interest areas
  • Earn 10 Contact Hours

After a live webinar takes place, please allow 3-4 business days for the Archive to appear in your Online Classroom.

2020 eLearning Subscription Content

*Note: The eLearning Subscription provides 2 connections to each live webinar. The primary and secondary contacts (group coordinators) determine how their groups will utilize these connections. This does not grant permission to rebroadcast our materials to other locations via web conferencing or screensharing.

Upcoming Live Events

Disinfectant Exposure Reduction and Control: SARS-CoV2-Disinfection Guidance for All Industries: Disinfectant Use in Biopharma Industry and Healthcare Facilities

Thursday October 22, 2020

1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

1.5 Contact Hours

Uncontrolled use of disinfectants and overexposure can potentially result in an occupational illness, which is why a focus on safe selection of disinfectant and exposure reduction is needed. In the face of the corona virus pandemic, we are learning about indiscriminate use of disinfectants to disinfect SARS-CoV-2 in all types of industries. Healthcare facilities and biopharma industries are also at high risk for potential disinfectant exposure. This webinar will share lessons learned on disinfectant selection and exposure reduction from statistical analysis of 2000+ disinfectant exposure monitoring data points, including disinfectants of choice, work practices contributing to exposures (spray vs. wipe), impact of room ventilation, and recommendations on the safe use of disinfectants and respiratory protection. You will also receive guidance on the most effective disinfectants for SARS-CoV-2, UV disinfection, and COVID-19 surface testing.

*Ethics* Ethics in Risk Management - Complex, Prickly, Paradoxical

Thursday November 5, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 pm ET

2 Contact Hours

A core value for OHS professionals is ethical behavior, as they work towards a shared vision of healthier workplaces and a healthier world. Achieving this requires assessing and managing risk through a multi-faceted lens.

Ethical anchors are at the heart of any consideration about what to do, if anything, about risk. Whether framed in qualitative terms (good versus bad, acceptable versus unacceptable) or quantitative terms (permissible exposure limit, recommended exposure limit) we are always engaged in judging ethics and morals in making decisions about risk.

This process is rife with complexity, tension, and paradox which arise from this arena’s values-dependent and subjective nature. A central question is, “to whom or what is something a risk?” Depending upon the context and the “who or what,” a risk may be acceptable or not; however, the ethical and moral considerations are real and ever present.

This webinar will explore a wide range of topics in regard to ethics in risk management, while sharing experiences and real-life outcomes. Various scenarios will be addressed using the AIHA code of ethics as a framework for discussion.

Archives and OnDemand Offerings

Emerging Issues in Beryllium Regulation and Related Topics

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

This session provides updates over the last year in OSHA regulations regarding beryllium (general industry, construction, and shipyards) and the U.S. Department of Energy regulations regarding beryllium in DOE facilities.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Address the latest regulatory changes for beryllium health and safety.
• Apply the current requirements in workplace monitoring, housekeeping, etc.

Computer Workstation Ergonomics - Guiding IHs out of Awkward Positions

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

This presentation will provide a detailed look at AIHA's "An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Workstations," 2nd Edition . The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) defines ergonomics as a multidisciplinary science that applies design principles based on the physical and psychological capabilities of people to the design of jobs, equipment, products, and workplaces. The original 1994 guide summarized the peer-reviewed basic research prior to the early nineties. Since that time, the knowledge base provided by peer-reviewed data has continued to grow. In addition, the work environment has continued to evolve with significant changes in the equipment used and the time spent on the computer. The 2nd edition updates the information for industrial hygienists and occupational health and safety professionals. The guide provides a means to familiarize individuals designing computer workstations, working with computers for extended periods, and responsible for the health and safety of workers. Focus will be placed on the causes of upper extremity discomfort, back pain, and vision complaints and available controls. We will cover musculoskeletal risk factors such as repetition, forceful exertions, static postures, awkward postures, localized contact stress, psychosocial stress, special applications, and economics.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Identify causes of upper extremity discomfort, back pain, and vision complaints.
• Identify primary musculoskeletal risk factors.
• Utilize controls for primary musculoskeletal risk factors.

Case Studies in Emergency Preparedness - Focus on Training Presentations

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Current Opioids Responder Working Group Projects Relevant to Responder Safety
As the country deals with the opioid crisis (115 Americans dying every day), AIHA is working to ensure that its membership has the tools and information to meet this crisis. The Opioid Working Group provides technical resources to the IH/OH and emergency responder communities. The Opioid WG is working to develop materials to assist in the protection of responders including police, fire, EMS and others who are on the frontlines of response to opioid-related incidents whether illicit operations or provision of healthcare. There is an immense amount of literature available on America's opioid issue, but the responder-related information is not consistent and evolves with some irregularity

NIEHS Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Opioids Awareness Level Training
From 1999-2016, more than 350,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. Emergency responders, law enforcement, forensic laboratorians, and environmental clean-up workers need information, training and protective programs. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program has developed a four hour, awareness level, interactive, worker training program entitled Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Opioids. The target audience are workers, supervisors, and managers in occupations with potential for occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids such as emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, laboratory, healthcare, and environmental clean-up workers. The information is useful for educating a broad array of industries and occupations being impacted due to workplace injury and the over prescribing of opioids that have lead to misuse, addiction, and death.

Notable Confined Space - Inert Atmosphere

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Inerting is the displacement of oxygen with nitrogen or other inert gas to render flammable vapors and pyrophoric materials to a safe state for removal or maintenance work. Within the petroleum industry, specialized workers are required to enter inerted confined spaces to perform work. Entry into known IDLH atmospheres requires preparation, infrastructure, and specialized safe work permitting to accomplish the job safely. The presentation will review applicable regulations, and industry standards, visually walk through the preparation, permitting and entry process. Single and multi-sensor portable instruments are frequently used to monitor the atmosphere in confined spaces that have been deliberately inerted to displace the oxygen. The absence of oxygen has a profound effect on the performance of many types of commonly used sensors. Different inerting gases affect sensors in different ways. The session will discuss the effects of inerted atmosphere on standard catalytic (Wheatstone bridge) LEL, NDIR LEL, fuel cell oxygen, solid polymer (SPE) oxygen, PID, thermal conductivity (TCD) and electrochemical toxic gas sensors, and provide guidance on choosing the best type of sensor to use for specific inert gas monitoring applications.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

• Demonstrate inerting practices in the petroleum industry.
• Detail the basic chemistry of the removal of sulfur from hydrocarbon streams.
• Explain applicable regulations and industry standards on inert confined space entry.
• Review of past inert confined space incidents.
• Describe infrastructure and preparations necessary for safe entry into inert confined spaces.
• Utilize safe work practices, personal protective equipment, and redundancies necessary for safe entry.
• Review common Industrial Hygiene, Safety, and Rescue questions for further discussion.

Aerosols in Various Environments

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Indoor and Outdoor Prevalence of Species in the Pen/Asp Spore Trap Category
Indoor and outdoor fungal spore concentrations are often compared in order to evaluate the likelihood that mold is growing in the indoor environment. The comparisons are by genus or large groupings such as Penicillium/Aspergillus (Pen/Asp). This large category includes several hundred species of Aspergillus (A.) and more than 300 species of Penicillium (P.). It is possible, then, that the species contained in the Pen/Asp category are different indoors and out. All data is from EMLAb P&K's LIMS system, LabServe, that included paired indoor and outdoor samples using single stage Andersen type impactors (Andersen N6 or the Biocassette).

Diesel Engine Exhaust Exposure in the Mining Industry – Case Study in Two Underground Gold Mines

Exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) is frequently assessed by measuring indicators of carbon speciation, but these measurements may be affected by organic carbon (OC) interference. Furthermore, there are still questions regarding the reliability of direct-reading instruments (DRI) for measuring DPM, since these instruments are not specific and may be interfered by other aerosol sources. This study aimed to assess DPM exposure in 2 underground mines by filter-based methods and DRI. The aim was to assess the relationship between the measures of elemental carbon (EC) and the DRI to verify the association of these instruments to DPM. Filter-based methods of respirable combustible dust (RCD), EC, and total carbon (TC) were used to measure levels of personal and ambient DPM. For ambient measurements, DRI were used to monitor particle number concentration (PNC; PTrak), particle mass concentration (DustTrak DRX and DustTrak 8520), and the submicron fraction of EC (EC1;Airtec).

Assessment of Occupational Exposures to Fine and Ultrafine Particles

The harmonization of sampling strategies of fine particles (FP) and ultrafine particles (UFP), along with the assessment of their size distribution and physicochemical characteristics, is essential for reliable and comparable exposure data. The aim of this study was to implement an innovative intervention strategy to characterize and compare FP and UFP exposures in different workplaces. A combination of ambient real-time measurements, integrated measurements and microscopy analyses was performed in five workplaces. The strategy implemented in this study made it possible to precisely characterize FP and UFP in terms of particle number concentration (PNC), mass concentration, morphology, size distribution and chemical composition. The positive correlation between PNC and the indicators classically used as surrogates reinforces the necessity of further investigations on occupational emissions of UFP. This study was financially supported by the IRSST and FRQNT.

An Introduction to Big Data and Data Analytics

Webinar Recording

2 Contact Hours

This webinar provides an overview of big data - defined as data with volume, variety, velocity- and data analytics, presents a case study presented by two professionals on the criticality of inter-disciplinary communication, and describes stages of data maturity that organizations and professionals often find themselves in. The presenters include four industrial hygienists, two data scientists, and one strategy and operations professional.

Asbestos and Nanoparticles: Using Benchmark Dose Methodology for Risk Assessment

Webinar Recording

1.5 Contact Hours

The webinar will immerse the audience into the fascinating areas of the quantitative risk assessment. Two outstanding industrial hygiene issues – exposure to asbestos fibers, and to nanoparticles – will be used to demonstrate how advanced modeling can help in the evaluation of various exposure levels. It will be demonstrated that benchmark dose modeling based on both toxicological studies and epidemiological evidence can improve our knowledge about dose-response relationship and their applicability to workplace risk analysis. The participants will be able to compare potential health issues related to various fiber types of asbestos and carbon nanotubes and see what lessons can be learned from the history of asbestos studies and policies to benefit workers’ protection from emerging hazards.

Ventilation, surface disinfection and PPE considerations for the IP and IH

Webinar Recording

1.5 Contact Hours

Amidst the flood of information about the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest risks is missing key intelligence that can protect health and save lives. This town hall-style webinar, co-hosted by AIHA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), will address occupational health and safety professionals’, industrial hygienists’ and infection preventionists’ questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heat Stress: Assessment and Control

Webinar Recording

1.5 Contact Hours

Understanding the six critical factors associated with heat stress is critical in the prevention of heat-related illnesses and fatalities. These factors include temperature, humidity, air velocity, radiant heat, clothing and metabolic heat. Additionally, body weight and the work-rest cycle must be included as contributing factors, as they are associated with metabolic heat. This webinar will discuss the importance of each factor and show how they can be used collectively to assess heat stress, as well as identify and implement effective preventative measures. Additional protective measures, such as physiological monitoring, will be introduced as a means of protecting unacclimated and/or susceptible individuals.

The Ear Poisons: Introduction to Ototoxicants

Webinar Recording

1 Contact Hour

Go beyond hearing loss caused by noise and include in your risk evaluation and exposure controls ototoxicants; ear poisons that enter the worker’s body through inhalation and absorption. This webinar will describe the etiologies of hearing loss, be it by exposure through noise or chemicals. In addition, it will define chemicals that are classified as ototoxicants and explain the protocols used for this designation, as well as the latest research with regards to the effects of dual exposure with noise. Last, it will show practical national and international recommendations for the management of exposure to this kind of agents.

Fighting the Risk of Worker Fatigue in a 24/7 Workplace

Webinar Recording

1 Contact Hour

The workforce and workplace have evolved significantly over time. With the invention of the light bulb and the numerous technological advances ever since, the workforce has been forced to adapt to 24/7 operations, 365 days per year. With increasing demand comes the need for workers to staff positions around the clock. But humans aren’t built to work this way. If not managed appropriately, fatigue can have many negative consequences. Not only on the human body, but on workplace health and safety incident rates. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the evolution of fatigue risk management practices and provide insight about active defenses companies should consider implementing to create a comprehensive fatigue risk management system. The presentation will close with a case study involving the implementation of a fatigue risk management program and resulting successes and challenges.

Emotional Intelligence / Self-Awareness Concepts for OEHS Professionals

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Building on AIHA's Introduction to "Emotional Intelligence (aka Emotional Quotient)" and "Communicating with Impact " webinars, this session provides several case studies of situations that OEHS professionals may find themselves in when dealing with co-workers, supervisors, vendors, and regulatory agencies.

Guided by an Emotional Intelligence Coach, each case study will be thoroughly examined to show how emotional intelligence in action can provide better outcomes. This session will guide you to considering the development of your own personal emotional intelligence action plan.

Conflict Management Skills for OEHS Professionals

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

Building on AIHA's "Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (aka Emotional Quotient) and "Communicating with Impact" webinars, this session is designed to provide soft skills development for OEHS professionals. Conflict management is a necessary skill in order to channel the energy of others into positive outcomes for all in any given situation.

Guided by a Conflict Resolution Coach, several case studies will be provided of situations specific to OEHS professionals as they deal with co-workers, supervisors, and vendors. Each case study will be examined and replayed to show how conflict management in action can provide better outcomes. From simple disagreements to crisis management, assessing the root cause of conflicts, including the emotions of involved parties, is essential to resolution of the conflict. Smart leaders also recognize that conflict may also improve a situation by using the options proposed by others in resolution for organizational improvement.

How to Organize and Win: Essentials for Effective Public Policy Advocacy Strategies

Webinar Recording

1 Contact Hour

People in every community are being injured, falling ill, and dying from work-related causes. OHS professionals have specialized knowledge to help people stay healthy and safe, and governments can either magnify the good you can do or stand in the way of progress. This webinar will provide participants with essential resources for developing and implementing an effective public policy advocacy campaign at the state level. A panel of public affairs experts will share their techniques for influencing policy and provide strategies to achieve policy wins.

Opioid Research and Programs

AIHce OnDemand

1 Contact Hour

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program has developed a training program, "Opioids and the Workplace: Prevention and Response," to provide awareness-level training to workers, employers, and the community about occupational risk factors for opioid use, misuse, and addiction. The program is a six-hour modular interactive course, in PowerPoint format and includes five small group activities. Associated materials include three fact sheets, a resource list, and an activity worksheet. Organizations and trainers are encouraged to integrate or adapt these materials into their training programs. The program uses the public health model, focusing on injury prevention (primary), access to appropriate treatment for injured workers (secondary), and access to support for treatment or recovery (tertiary). The curriculum was peer reviewed by NIEHS grantees that include academic, community-based, and labor organizations funded to develop and conduct occupational safety and health training. Sister federal agencies also participated in the peer review process. Listening sessions, a literature review, and four pilot programs were conducted to develop and test the curriculum.

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. This has increased from an average 115 just a year ago. This presentation describes real life, representative projects where the illicit shipment, handling, processing, and distribution of opioid compounds (including fentanyl and carfentanil) was performed within residences and resulted in significant levels of surface contamination present that required cleanup and decontamination. Although such levels of contaminants is considered highly toxic, such cases currently fall outside the regulatory authority of local health departments and regulatory oversight in most cases.

The United States has a continuing opioid crisis with a rising average now of 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses. AIHA has been and continues to be at the forefront of this crisis through its volunteer groups, including the Opioid Working Group, which work to ensure that IHs and allied professionals have the tools and information to meet this crisis head-on. This presentation will provide an update on the AIHA Opioids WG progress and present some of the nuances and limitations of developing personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for those at the front lines such as law enforcement, emergency responders, and clean up professionals.

​Information for Group Participants

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Information for Group Coordinators (Primary & Secondary Contacts)

Communication

Announcements regarding 2020 eLearning Subscription Program content availability will be sent based on preferences indicated in the Site Roster Form:

  • Email all participants on roster with each new recording (approximately monthly contact)
  • Email all participants on roster quarterly (end of March, end of June, end of September, end of December)
  • Opt out of AIHA contacting all participants in roster. Primary and Secondary contacts will be responsible for disseminating information regarding content availability in the Online Classroom

Live Event Registration

We will register the primary and secondary contacts or live connections for the live webinars based on preferences indicated on the Site Roster Form:

  • Automatically register primary and secondary contacts for all live webinars
  • Contact primary and secondary contacts to determine contacts for live webinars
  • Group will not participate in live webinars. Primary and secondary contacts and roster (if applicable) will be notified of recording

If you would like to change any of your live connections for a webinar, please email DLAssistant@aiha.org at least one week before the live webinar. In the email, please tell us which webinar, and which connection(s) you would like to change.

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Roster Updates

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  • ​Roster slots are not transferable throughout the year and cannot exceed the maximum size purchased without consultation with AIHA
  • Roster additions can be made on a quarterly basis (due to AIHA April 1, July 1, and October 1st).

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